: Three-day training programme on vermiculture and vermicompost production for unemployed youth/NGOs/farmers of Nagaland was held at ICAR Research Complex, Nagaland Centre, Medziphema from March 4 to 6.
Programme Coordinator, KVK Dimapur, Dr Anamika Sharma highlighting on the training said Vermicomposting was an important component of organic farming and that earthworms/vermiworms were real friends of farmers.
Speaking on the occasion senior consultant, IGNOU, Agartala Regional Centre, Tripura Dr. B. B. Sarkar said vermicompost had great potential for NEH region and Vermicompost was also referred to as black gold as it contained five times more nitrogen, seven times more phosphorous, eleven times more potash, two times more calcium and magnesium.
Joint Director, ICAR Research Complex, Nagaland Centre, Medziphema, Dr. B. P. Bhatt, speaking at inaugural function said farm waste could be recycled for preparation of vermicompost and at the same time be of good enterprise for poor farmers to earn out of the waste as it involved less expenditure.
Principal Scientists and Head Division of Animal Science, ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam, Meghalaya, Dr. R.K. Bordoloi, speaking on the occasion urged the participants to learn the lesson seriously and act upon it so they could have their own vermicompost units for sustainable agriculture.
Farmers were taken to the research farm at ICAR Research Complex, Nagaland Centre, Medziphema for method demonstration in vermocompost unit and would also pay a visit to vermicompost unit at Naga United Village of Dimapur district.
Resource persons for the programme included those from the School of Sgricultural Sciences and Rural Development (SASRD) Medziphema, Nagaland University, ICAR Research Complex, Nagaland Centre, Medziphema, IGNOU Centre for ODL Research & Training in Agriculture, Agartala Regional Centre, Tripura.
A total of 46 participants from different villages of Dimapur District (Malvom, Medziphema and Kukidolong) participated in the training programme.
The training was organized by IGNOU Centre for ODL research and training in agriculture, Agartala regional centre, Tripura in collaboration with KVK, Dimapur.